2023 Canterbury Architecture Awards Winner
The Wainui cabin project represents an intriguing example of the harmonious coexistence between rural contextual sensitivity, functional sustainability, and architectural innovation. Overcoming the construction challenges inherent in a remote site, the addition of a small, three-bedroom cabin to an existing one-bedroom dwelling features flexible ply-lined walls and ceilings, rough-sawn macrocarpa flooring and Zincalume-clad exterior walls. Steel joinery with polycarbonate panels enable natural ventilation and diffused light. The design thoughtfully preserves the concrete perimeter walls of a former cowshed, now transformed into a lantern at night. A sustainable approach is employed with solar panels, well water and a septic system. This project is an exemplary illustration of balance between a pragmatic yet elegant design philosophy, echoing the spirit of its surrounding rural context.